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I wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars but of course that is impossible. I love the BPRD series and from number 3 onwards it has been fantastic and in a way that is why I am giving this a fairly low rating. The Killing Ground was a great episode and this one after it is a bit of a let down compared to that. The art by Guy Davis is still awesome but the story was a muddle and I couldn't quite get my head around it. Ok, Memnan Saa gives out visions of the Ogdru Hem destroying the world then he gives visions of the Hyperborians destroying it! Huh? Then again perhaps this will all be explained later. Anyway there were just too many things going on in this volume, frogs, Memnan Saa, romantic relationships, Kraus and his homeland memories, Panyas motherly homilies, more frogs, crazy germans, the black flame... All these characters are great, just a bit too much in one volume for me. Anyway as I said the quality of the previous volumes may have made me expect more. Don't get me wrong though, this is a great series and I will eagerly purchase the next one!
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A very exciting tale that sets up the Scorched Earth Trilogy, and we jump into some seriously huge battles under and above the earth – troll men, magicians, and even a few frog creatures, with the hint of the Black Flame as well. The members of BPRD are bickering again, even though they do manage to usually put things behind them to get moving: Kate mellows out a bit when she meets a handsome German police officer, Liz is as freaky-tense as ever, Johan gets antsy (and emotional and conniving and mysterious!!), Abe becomes more battle-hardened and cynical, and Panya is now listed as a member of the BPRD – to round out the five member list, now that Benjamin Daimio is out of the picture. Wow! What had once been an un-thrilling title (issues 1 and 2) has turned into a bombastic-yet-layered, sprawling tableau, with shades of a Lobster Johnson tie-in. Great final panel, showing us just how impeccable Mignola’s foresight and planning really is.
Tales of Martin Gilfryd come into the scene here (and we learn that he’s now called Memnan Saa), and we see connections to events from Mignola’s Witchfinder stories. Wow! Helicopters, tropical jungles, mystic temples, explosions, it’s all here. Abandoned subway stations, proto-human hordes again, amazing mutating robot tanks, and the return of Andrew Devon and his phone booth (a hilarious reference to events that took place in The Universal Machine). A great new role for Johann Kraus as we see his talents applied in a “why didn’t I think of that before” ways, demonstrating that he might actually be the most powerful BPRD member after all (at least when Liz isn’t around)! Awesome leviathan battles, and the complete destruction of a European city. This is getting crazy! Abe Sapien has multiple visions, including one of a new Liz, and Kraus visits the spirits of his recently-dead countrymen. Beautiful, chilling, haunting stuff – what a finale!! As good as any other (1946 included), that is more chilling than thrilling. Nice!